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Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Phoenix fell 0.3 percentage points in May 2018 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Phoenix peaked in November 2009 at 10.3% and is now 6.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Phoenix unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Arizona 4.7% -0.2 -0.2
Phoenix 3.7% -0.3 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Phoenix, Arizona, National

Phoenix, Arizona monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Phoenix peaked in October 2009 at 213,667. There are now 126,654 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Phoenix employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Phoenix, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Phoenix 87,013 -8,435 -10,549

Number of Unemployed Persons

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 4.7% 3.7% 87,013
April
2018
3.9% 4.9% 4.0% 95,448
March
2018
4.1% 4.9% 4.2% 99,507
February
2018
4.1% 4.9% 4.4% 104,797
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.3% 100,996
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.2% 97,503
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.1% 95,987
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.1% 94,778
September
2017
4.2% 4.7% 4.1% 94,643
August
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.1% 95,162
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 4.1% 95,686

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.